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Since the first time I saw my little farm, I knew that I wanted to eventually move fully off the grid with it. Early on we looked at several solar setups, but these things are not cheap and at the time, the farm needed other items much more immediately. 6 years later, the farm still has needs, but the dream of having it all operate with "No strings attached" has stayed in my mind.
Research, other YouTubers advice and a lot of guess work has led me to what you see here today. 800 Watts of HSQT panels, a 60 amp charge controller, 2000 watts of pure sine 120 volt AC, and the most painful part. a 24 volt 220ah 5.34kwa Lithium Ion battery pack.

The plan is to start with this and then every year or so double it until we hit 3.2K and a total of 21 kwa In battery storage. While we work towards that goal, I'll be slowing replacing and upgrading the remaining electronic items in the house with more efficient models.

Welcome to a new phase here on the farm!

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People have been asking me to make a video on this since I started this channel years ago. Sadly the once great BBS I ran on WWIV crashed a few years back and with it went years of great message bases and files. The old site had 1000's of episodes of Coast to Coast, The Midnight Cafe, As well as all kinds of declassified UFO docs, photos of ghosts,UFO's, and Creatures.
Now it is back up, but I fear I will never have the time to repopulate the files section to its former glory.
The message bases are nearly empty as well but that is something that people will need to refill. Join up, and post a message or two, and join the BBS revolution!

The address (typed into syncterm) is : Themidnightcafe.ddns.net

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In this episode of the poor man's cookbook, I dive deep into the freezer section of the local Dollar general and find this hidden gem.
While it's certainly not a bad meal, it is super bad for your health and offers no real nutritional value. That being said, things like these are a guilty pleasure for me from a time long past. When my wife sees this review I'm in for a chewing as I am absolutely NOT supposed to eat foods like this anymore!

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I had some time over the holidays to put together part 3 of the Radio Shack series. Although I was a Commodore guy mainly back in the day, the TRS-80 model 3 and 4 were some of the finest computers I ever worked with, and I've always been interested in obtaining a Tandy 1000 HX.
Just another part of why Radio Shack once ruled the roost. Just close your eyes and imagine a TRS-80 model 20 running Quad Deskmate version 50a. With Holographing.

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I picked up this great base station at the Shelby HAM fest a while back and have just now had the chance to play with it.
President and later Uniden made these all the way up till around 2000. There is a reason for that. THEY ARE GREAT! These are some of the best radios made from that era. Easy to modify, great receive and transmit and nice to look at. This one has clearly had a life of hard use. It's well worn, but still working almost 30 years later.

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One of the MRE's I picked up last spring at a flea market. Not bad, but not as good as the last one I reviewed. One thing is for sure. MRE's have come a long way since i had my first way back in 1990!

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Finally time to put up part two of the President Walker II FCC CB radio.
It's a great Cobra 25 or DIN sized CB radio that, while keeping the "Classic" CB radio look, manages to pack in so many modern features, you'll lose track! Overall I'm totally happy with it and can't wait to see what kind of range I can get out of it.

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Although i thought I had posted this years ago, it has recently come to my attention that many of my subscribers had never heard the entire song.

This is the "Official" Farpoint Farms Theme song, written, created and sung by fellow youtuber Marky Shaw. It's the best dang song I've ever heard, and I am now convinced that everyone needs their own personal theme song!

Contact him for music of your own, and talk with him before be becomes a millionaire!

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A few months back I posted a video of the old 70's generator I've been using for the last 20+ years. I came across this unit for a great price and decided it was finally time to upgrade.
It's a nice unit with a much larger gas tank, higher wattage output and a full cage around it to make it easier to move around. A little fixing here and there and it's in great shape.
Now we wait for a power outage to see how well it holds up!

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I recently picked up yet another 2 meter radio and hooked it up to my directional 2 meter antenna only to find out the exact same thing that I realized years ago when this video was made. There is no activity on 2 meters in my area.
Certainly there are areas of the country where 2 meter still is booming... At least I hope there is, but I can't possibly recommend someone spend the money to purchase a new 2 meter setup anymore.
A sign that interest in the hobby is fading I'm sure, and I'm sure there will be some hate here, but I have to say CB is going to give the end user a lot more fun these days for the average user.

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Imagine my surprise when I this came in the mail. A genuine 2019 Craftsman tool catalog from Lowes Home Improvment.
While not anywhere near its former glory, I have some hope that this will morph into the greatness that once was.

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Still organizing the shop here on the farm, and since I sold my old Matco tool cart, I found myself in need of a replacement. I've been very pleased with my 56 inch Harbor Freight tool box so I decided to get a companion box, the Harbor Freight Series 2 5 drawer tool cart.
In this video I will show you how to assemble it and give you my thoughts on how well it may hold up.
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I thought I'd make a more in depth video of this thing. It's a inexpensive way to use your existing sleeve hitch implements on a larger SCUT (Sub-Compact Utility Tractor) like the Kubota BX or even the L series.
I've been LOVING this thing! When I made the tough chioce to upgrade to a SCUT I worried that I'd have to invest in many 1000's of dollars to replace all my implements. That has not been the case. For less than $150, I bought this tool and a hitch and it's worked out great.
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My Neighbor was kind enough to give me this very old school Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 1 computer. THANKS!
It took a while, but I was able to get it up and running and was shocked to see that both it and the monitor still worked after all these years.
Originally released in 1977 along with the Apple 2, and the Commodore PET, the TRS-80 was a smash hit. It spawned many upgrades and sequels , with the line finally being discontinued after the incredible TRS-80 Model 4D.

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It was time to install some helper springs on the new VW Pickup so I thought I run you through it's installation. While not a hard job by any means I'm sure there are those out there that may struggle with it a bit. Hopefully this will help clear up any questions you may have.

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Well, it's been a full year since I bought and installed the Harbor Freight Automotive Scissor Lift, so I guess it's time to talk a little about it as a long term tool.

It's held up very well, having had no issues in the 100's or even 1000's of uses its had. The hydraulics and pump motor show no signs of wear and or issues, and the main unit is looking a lot better than expected.
I use it for side jobs, restoration work, and also as a table top when working on small engines or lawn mowers. To sum it up, I like it enough to consider getting a second one for the other bay!

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The President corporation was kind enough to send me a brand new Walker II Cb radio to review! This is a great retro looking CB that has modern features like a multi color display channel up/down on the mic, and even a USB port!
I've heard great things about this radio and can't wait to test it out!

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It's been a few months since I introduced the world to the new project car here at Farpoint Restorations so I figured it was time for an update!
The underside of the car has been cleaned and undercoated as well as the wheel weels. The lowering springs have been removed and the car has been returned to stock height in the front and maybe 1.5 inchs of lift in the rear due to the add a leaf helper springs. I added those not to raise the truck, but to increase load capacity. Inside is still a mess. I've got the wiring about done, but the dash is a loss, and I want to find some stock seats.

That's about it for now!
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Since fall is in the air and the leaves have started to fall, I figured it was time to follow up on the Brinly Lawn sweeper I received a few months back.
The unit works great, and surprisingly it works better the faster you go. This will certainly cut down on the leaf gathering I have to do here every year!

Special shout out to Brinly for letting me review this product.
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After the best month I've had here on YouTube, I finally decided that it was time for a upgrade to the camera department. I've gotten a lot of complaints over these last 3 years about video quality and sound issues.
I started out with a Sony Digital 8mm camera fo rmy first 12 or some videos. That one broke and I decided to use my cell phone for future work. 200+ videos later it broke, and I bought a used Sony HD camcorder. It broke within 10 videos and I've been using my wife's cell phone ever since.

Well... No More!

This is a top of the line setup with 4K record, steady cam and even night vision! There are still a few older videos in the stack to be uploaded but stay tuned for lots of new crisp 4K content from Farpoint Farm!

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My Wife and I found this thing while shopping the other day.
Certainly funny, but a bit creepy as well. Hey, at least CB radio got a little Halloween love this year!

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Well, Someone owes me $100.00 !! My little idea of taking some discount lumber, a bunch of top rails and putting them together to create a "Tower" is paying off well. After a full year the setup is still working great as well as the very old Antron A99 and the new Max 2000 CB antennas.
If your on a budget and can't find a decent tower used. This certainly is a great option!

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I picked this generator up in 1996 right after hurricane Fran rolled though my street. We went without power for 14 days and to be honest I was lucky to be alive. I bought it for $50.00 as it was "locked up" according to the previous owner. It turns out it has sucked up some screws and they were lodged in the magnet area of the generator. I cleaned it up, changed the filters, oil, and gas, and it has served me well ever since.
It has maybe 200 to 300 hours on it since I bought it and is still all original except for the points, I upgraded it to the newer electronic ignition system in 2015.
After all these years I came across a great deal on a larger unit and have decided to part ways with it, but I will say this. They don't build equipment like this anymore!

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A lot of great equipment! I picked up a lot of gems and will be making videos of these base stations as well as the smaller stuff.
I've also decided to do a free giveaway like I did last winter with one of these units as a way of saying thanks to the fans of Farpoint!

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The battery on my camera died really early on so I didn't get the chance to interview anyone or really get a good amount of video, but this has to be one of the best HAMfests I've ever been to. Tons of great equipment, lots of vintage electronics and loads of good people to talk with.
Thanks to everyone that took the time to say hi to Farpiont Farms, and special shout out to my next door neighbor for reminding me about this place! Hope you feeling better!

I got a bunch of great stuff I'll share with you next week!

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Created 1 year, 7 months ago.

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CategoryDIY & Gardening

It's Erik, Owner of Farpoint Farms here in the mountains of North Carolina.

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